PEA News

September 21,
LSL - Law Society Lawyers

Today, paralegals working at the Law Society filed an application at the Labour Relation Board to join the Law Society Lawyers chapter of the Professional Employees Association.

September 19,
LSL - Law Society Lawyers

The 2023 LSL Chapter Annual General Meeting will be held online on October 26, 2023, 2023 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. PDT. The registration link was sent via email.

September 12,
HSP - Health Science Professionals

Dear HSP members,

August 22,

Dear PEA members,

August 15,
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

The PEA received the below response from Minister Bowinn Ma in response to our request to discuss the compensation model of Appendix H. 

August 03,

Dear HSP members

August 01,
BCER - British Columbia Energy Regulator, Oil & Gas Commission

Dear BCER members,

The bargaining committee is very happy to announce that a tentative agreement has been reached. Highlights from the agreement include:

July 31,
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

Dear GLP members,

July 31,
HSP - Health Science Professionals

Union members covered by the HSPBA collective agreement are urged to reach out to former colleagues with important information about retroactive pay they are entitled to apply for

July 18,
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

The following letter was sent to Tara Richards, Deputy Minister, Emergency Management BC on July 18, 2023 requesting that Appendix H be activated.

June 21,

June 22, 2023 (Victoria) – Teachers at Pearson College are joining the Professional Employees Association (PEA), BC’s labour union for professionals.

June 12,

Below is the response from Minister Robinson, replying to our joint letter regarding post-secondary funding. 

June 12,
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

Dear GLP Engineers,

June 08,

June 8, 2023 (Victoria) – Yesterday Legal Aid BC closed the Parents Legal Centre (PLC) in Terrace, BC and laid off the community’s only Legal Aid staff lawyer.

June 06,
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

Dear GLP members,

May 30,
SMS - St. Margaret's School

May 29 - The bargaining committee is very happy to announce that a tentative agreement was reached through mediation. We believe your strong strike vote and continued actions of support and solidar


In this section

The PEA was formed in 1974, by a group of professionals working in the public sector. The story goes that the founders of the union mortgaged their houses to fund negotiations of the union’s first collective agreement. 

Now, the PEA is BC’s union for professionals. We represent a wide range of professionals including lawyers, foresters, engineers, agrologists, teachers, veterinarians, fundraisers, physiotherapists, pharmacists, psychologists program managers, librarians and more.

Our union is led by the PEA Executive. They represent members from across the chapters of the PEA and set the overall vision and direction for our union.

Resources for our members

Navigating a union can sometime be a challenging process. Under this section of the website you will find resources to help you navigate the PEA. In the members section you'll find expense claim reimbursements, information on the PEA's scholarship and bursary program and our grants and donations program.

Collective bargaining and job action resources explain the process of collective bargaining and what to do in the unlikely event of job action. 

Local reps can also find resources to help them complete their job more effectively. This includes ways to welcome new members, how to take notes in investigation disciplinary meetings and more.

The heart of our union

The PEA is made up of nine chapters, or groups of members who either work for the same employer or are in the same field of work. Each chapter has an elected executive tasked with running the affairs of the chapter. Each chapter is entitled to representation at the PEA Executive, the governing body of the union. 

Our members work for a range of employers: the Province of BC, the University of Victoria, St. Margaret's School, the Family Maintenance Enforcement Program, the Oil and Gas Commission, the Law Society of BC, Legal Services Society, the Okangan Regional Library and health authorities across BC.

Professionals need unions now more then ever

Since the 1970’s, when the PEA was formed, our mission has been to ensure our members can work in safe, productive environments and receive fair and reasonable wages and benefits for the valuable work they do. We help individuals and groups of professional workers to understand the challenges they face in their workplaces and some of the solutions available to them. 

We work with potential members to become certified as a union and achieve the wages, benefits and respect they deserve. 

The Professional | Volume 48 Issue 1

The Professional is the PEA's award-winning, quarterly magazine for members.

The Spring 2022 issue takes a deep dive into the work of GLP members and their work during provincial emergencies.

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The PEA was formed in 1974 to represent licensed professionals in the BC Public Service. Since then the organization has grown to include a wide range of professionals from across BC. Find our more about our governance, staff and strategic direction.

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